The Michigan State Spartans (6-6) and TCU Horned Frogs (7-5) will clash in a meeting of Big Ten and Big 12 in the Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl Dec. 29 in Tempe, Ariz.
If the Spartans want to win this game, it is imperative they do five things to ensure a second consecutive bowl victory after last year's heroics triple-overtime thriller victory over Georgia in the Outback Bowl.
The Spartans have just under four weeks to prepare for this game, dissecting their opponent's strengths and weaknesses to come up with a game plan for victory.
Michigan State struggled to a 3-5 record in conference play a year after making it to the Big Ten Championship, while the TCU experienced the growing pains of its first year in a big-time conference, going 4-5 against Big 12 opponents after star quarterback Casey Pachall was suspended in early October after an arrest on suspicion of driving intoxicated.
Both teams could use a win to head into the 2013 season on a positive note, but here are five keys to the game for the Spartans.